Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the largest real estate brokerage in the Bay Area, announced today that Kathie Longinotti, a sales associate with its Berkeley office, has been named Realtor of the Year for 2010 by the Berkeley Association of Realtors® (BAR).

Longinotti received the honor on Friday, December 3 at the 109th Annual BAR Fundraiser and Installation of Officers and Directors Event at the Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus.  She has been with BAR for five years, serving on the education and local government relations committees, and as a member of the board of directors for the past three years.

“Kathie is immensely deserving of this special honor from her Realtor colleagues,” said Marcia Schwartz, manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Berkeley.  “She embodies service and professionalism, and gives wholly and with integrity to her clients, her community and our real estate industry.  She models the high standards that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the Berkeley Association of Realtors set.”

“It’s an honor to receive the BAR Realtor of the Year award,” said Longinotti.  “Working with the association, I’m surrounded by some of the most talented Realtors in the industry.  It’s a pleasure to be a member of such a distinguished group of professionals, and to be recognized for my work.”

The Berkeley Association of Realtors was established in 1902 and is one of the oldest Realtor organizations in California.  It is located at 1553 Martin Luther King Jr. Way and can be reached at 510.848.4288.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Berkeley office is located at 1495 Shattuck Avenue and can be reached at 510.486.1495.  Longinotti may be reached directly at 510.981.3032 or